It was devastating to see the fire at the Straight and Narrow in Paterson, New Jersey, on Saturday, August 23 but relieved to learn that there were no casualties. Straight and Narrow has been a vital asset to this community for more than 50 years. The building was most recently home to 50 men who graduated from drug and alcohol recovery programs, transitioning back into society. They lost their personal belongings and have been permanently displaced. About 200 residents are affected by power outages due to the fire. The Passaic County Greens, together with Strange Moon Creative Shop, are calling on our local community to help with donations. A partner agency, Oasis- A Haven for Women and Children, 59 Mill Street, Paterson, posted on Facebook needed items: already worn men’s clothing, shoes, sneakers, socks, new underwear, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, razors, shave gel and other toiletries. 

Craig Cayetano, Green Party of NJ State Co-Chair and Green Party candidate for Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3 said, “I was alerted to the fire by other activist allies in Paterson and then saw the damage on the news. Sam Nygard and Dan Frye of Strange Moon Creative Shop reached out to me to collaborate in receiving donations. We are aware that people may not be able to make it to Paterson during posted drop off times so Strange Moon Creative Shop has offered to accept donations this week. We will then get them to Oasis in Paterson the following day. We have all had someone close to us: a friend, family member or someone we love that have battled with addiction. This is the least we can do to help those trying to restart their lives.”
If you are able to help Strange Moon Creative Shop is located at 728 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne NJ 07506. Their hours are Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. We thank you in advance for your assistance!